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sweatshirt: husband. skirt: old sweater. tights: Target. moccasins: Minnetonka.

I dub this one of my greatest accomplishments to date (the smiling, not the outfit, although it was good too.)

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It’s that time again, folks: the time when we redirect our attention from our daily cares to what’s making our lives a little (or a lot) easier. Let Grateful Monday begin!

1. My husband – I know he was #1 last time as well, but you might as well get used to it! Anyone who is always willing to drop what he’s doing to help you deal with whatever is stressing you out at the moment. Let’s just say I got a lot of sympathy massages this weekend.

2. My therapist – I started going to therapy because I wanted to learn to face, recognize, and deal with my emotions, and this week my therapist has me writing down what emotion I am feeling every hour. At first, I really resented the assignment, but after only five days of this, I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER. Life is still hard, and now I actually have to feel my emotions, but I am very much comforted by the fact that I am right there, living it instead of busy-ing it away.

3. Sabbaths – Thanks to our very wise pastor, my husband and I have been setting aside one day a week in which to rest (get away from everyday responsibilities and cares, putting down our laptops, and spending some time with ourselves, each other, and God too). This week we went to the planetarium and science museum, did a little shopping and browsed the Barnes and Noble magazine racks, and feasted on frozen yogurt.  Sabbaths get me through the week.

4. People who living thoughtfully and deliberately – I read this post from Fit and Feminist, quoted below, and the former English major whose senior paper examined Third Wave perspectives got very excited.*

What it all comes down to is this persistent societal belief that women’s bodies do not belong to them.  They belong to society, government, husbands, dudes on the street, randos on the internet – everybody but the women themselves.  And because I’m really not all that keen on acting like our bodies are somehow divorced from ourselves, I’ll just come out and say it – in the eyes of many, we are simply not people.

…Your means of resistance is most likely different from mine, and that’s okay, because what matters the most is that you have the right to choose for yourself.

*The current SNL fan was very excited as well.

5. New Music – Specifically within this post by audiofanaticsociety, in which I discovered Beach Fossils and then subsequently reminisced about my old music blog. I really need to get back into it.

Ps. Props to Spencer (the blog’s author), who is apparently also a big Justin Vernon fan–and who featured his new release in the same post as a Gregory Alan Isakov song. Very cool, Spencer.

So when I first discovered Life Choice bars, I decided to sample quite a few. I’ve already blogged about two of my favorites, Cookies & Cream and White Chocolate Pretzel, but I thought I would update those of you who are interested in the rest of the Life Choice bars I sampled.

Life Choice Protein: Peanut Butter Extreme

Bottom line: It tastes like a protein bar. My husband was running out the door without breakfast when I was trying this bar, and I gave the rest to him. Not bad, but not nearly as amazing in taste and texture as my prized Cookies & Cream.

Life Choice Meal Bar: Peanut Butter Crunch

Bottom line: Have you ever noticed the difference when something has peanut butter in it (nuttier taste) and when it’s peanut butter flavored (sweeter taste)? This bar is definitely peanut butter flavored.

It actually reminded me of the South Beach Living Peanut Butter Protein Cereal Bars, which I have been a longtime fan of (Ps. They don’t seem to be around anymore. Does anyone know why???). Like but not love.

Life Choice Wellness Bar: Double Peanut

Bottom line: This is basically the Peanut Butter Crunch bar with an extra layer of peanut butter, a.k.a. even more win! My favorite of the three, but still not as good as the previous their Cookies & Cream and White Chocolate counterparts.

Last night I read several articles that all suggested using gratefulness as a means of stress relief. I think that’s a great idea, not only for stress relief, but also for perspective, so I have dubbed this Grateful Monday, and I present to you my top five:

1. My husband – for the endless supply of massages, for listening to my very long-winded discourses on life and society, and for making gum runs when I am anxious and need some way to funnel my restlessness

2. My mom – who has actually become one of my closest friends, who is the only non-local person I manage to talk to on a regular basis (the key to achieving this being calling me…a lot), and who’s perseverance in facing her fears inspires and challenges me

3. Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with extra whipped cream – my comfort food of choice this weekend (but only because I had a gift card. $3.50 is too much to pay for a drink on a regular basis!)

4. The lighting in my house when it snows – I wish it would never snow, but if it has to, like today, at least there is a little aesthetic benefit thanks to my windows!

5. Bon Iver – specifically the song “Holocene,” but really the whole self-titled album. Let’s be honest, I am always grateful for Bon Iver (they are my absolute favorite band).

 

Okay, you’re turn: What’re you grateful for today?

Yesterday I was all ready to post this immensely artful pic I took in a bathroom at an event Thursday night

and build a post around the idea that life is hard sometimes, but we have to keep going.

What to do when you feel like pulling the fire alarm in your life and such.

Yeah.

Also yesterday,

I woke up to a job offer I have been hoping for and working towards for the better part of this year (or last year, technically), had a meeting turn out way better than I had anticipated (and by anticipated I mean dreaded), bought the perfect pair of white wide-leg pants (see: Old Navy clearance), and scored the new Peanut Butter Cheerios for $1.40 (they taste like Peanut Butter Crunch).

In conclusion,

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Life is hard sometimes, but we have to keep going.